Asylum seekers who are not registered with the Serbian authorities line up for a food distribution provided by a charity in a refugee camp north of Belgrade. The Serbian authorities encourage asylum seekers to register so they can be housed in a camp, receive medical support, voluntary schooling and practical work training. Many asylum seekers, despite encouragement, chose not to register with the authorities, instead opting to take their chances with illegally crossing the EU borders.
Asylum seekers from north Africa predominantly refuse to register because they fear being deported back to their country of origin. As a result, many north Africans live in squalid conditions on the borders whilst they attempt to illegally cross into the EU. Whilst the refugee camp system in Serbia is above average for the Balkans the majority of single male asylum seekers use the camps to recuperate before they try to cross into the EU illegally. One Afghan told me “The asylum system is too slow. If I wait here it could be years before my case is reviewed. I would rather be registered and at the same time take my chance crossing. Inshallah I’ll make it to Germany”
HOLDS Foundation aims to assist NGOs build awareness of NGO efforts and conditions across the region, and to facilitate working relationships, cooperation, and unity in advocacy of pro-human rights policy.
HOLDS Foundation works on the ground to ensure refugees receive food, medicine and adequate clothing. We work with refugees to protect them from exposure to criminal activity that can occur when people are in a vulnerable situation.
HOLDS Foundation – Leaving no refugee behind
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